Weekend Guide: September 3 – 5

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.

Our Best Picks   –   Our Music Picks   –   Our Non Music Picks

Our Best Picks

Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park (Charlestown, RI) – All Weekend: It’s Labor Day weekend, which usually sparks most folks to getaway. So with that in mind, why not go camping in Rhode Island and enjoying some great music at the same time. The 3-day Mardi Gras style celebration features the likes of Bonerama, Marcia Ball, The Texas Tornados, Uncle Earl and our favorites, Robert Randolph & the Family Band. The full weekend with camping will run ya $175 or $130 without camping. Single-day tickets are $30 for Friday and $50 for Saturday or Sunday.

Campfire Festival at Club Passim – All Weekend: Planning on staying closer to home? Then check out the annual Campfire Festival at Club Passim in Havard Square. A hit every Labor Day weekend, the fest brings together some of the best on the folk scene. There are too many names to mention, but its safe to say you’ll find more than a few to enjoy. Tickets are $10 per session or $30 for the full weekend pass.

Our Music Picks

Friday

Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Gandalf and co. are from Sleepy Hollow but the only thing spooky about them is how good they are. Local standouts Hot Day at the Zoo open the show, which you can attend for $20. Due to forecasts of rainy weather, the concert will be moved indoors to Lowell High School.

The Rhythm Devils at Showcase Live: Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman bring their new project to Foxboro. Two Grateful Dead drummers are better than one, and one is better than most so this show is tough to beat. Tickets are $35.

The Honors at Great Scott: You can never go wrong with heading over to Great Scott on a Friday night to enjoy The Pill, especially this week as the weekly dance party welcomes special guests The Honors – a BMS favorite well worth checking out. Admission is only $5, leaving you just enough to pick up the band’s brand new debut full-length album, xoxo.

Fu Manchu at the Middle East Downstairs: The veteran rockers from Orange County make their way to the East Coast as part of a tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Say congratulations by catching their show for $12, which also gets you in for openers Black Tusk and Mongrel.

Saturday

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Lowell Summer Music Series: Touring in support of their forthcoming album, Pills and Ammo, these Jersey gentlemen will have you jivin’ all night. Tickets are $30 and hopefully it stays dry enough to be held outside at Boarding House Park.

Far From Finished at the Middle East Downstairs: The local punk rock standouts celebrate the release of their brand new album, Forgettable, with a big party in Central Square. Joining in for the celebration are local favorites Have Nots, Burning Streets and Lenny Lashley of Darkbuster. Tickets for the 18+ show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Coheed and Cambria, Manchester Orchestra at the Bank of America City Center
: The WBRU Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Concert Series in Providence comes to a rocking close with Coheed and Cambria and Manchester Orchestra. Boston natives The Dear Hunter round out the bill for a triple shot of rock. Tickets are available for $25.

Aerosmith, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Mohegan Sun Arena: If you missed their show at Fenway, head down to Connecticut and check out the ole Bad Boys of Boston. You won’t find J. Geils on this bill but the Mighty Mighty Bosstones keep the Boston theme just as strong. Tickets are still available for $135 and $185.

Bell Biv Devoe at Mohegan Sun Casino: If you do head down to Uncasville but lose all your cash at the tables before picking up tickets for the big show, you can always catch the New Edition spin-off and Boston R&B favorites play a free show in the Wolf Den.

Sunday

Sweet Apple at the Middle East Downstairs: A new indie supergroup of sorts comprised of two members of Cobra Verde and two members of Witch – including Dinosaur Jr. guitar great J Mascis on drums – make their Boston debut. Check them out with Black Helicopter and Zombie Radio for just $15.

30 Seconds To Mars at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
: 30 Seconds to Mars’ latest album, This Is War, took forever to be released after a fight with their record company. Join in on the victory parade for $29 and belt out “Kings and Queens” with Jared Leto and company.

Charlie Daniels Band at Indian Ranch: Don’t fiddle around, leave that to Charlie. Head out to Webster and take in the country music legend for an afternoon matinee show. Tickets are still available and range in price from $35 to $47.50

Wynonna at The Music Hall in Portsmouth: Another one of Country’s most famous artists hits New England this weekend. Wynonna Judd comes hits New Hampshire to promote her recent release, Sing: Chapter 1. Hopefully there’s more chapters to come. Tickets are $65 and $80.

Trey Songz, Monica at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino: Two R&B favorites team up for a sold out show. With his fourth album set to hit stores next month, Songz hits Connecticut to debut new material from Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Meanwhile, Monica is also promoting a new album, Still Standing.

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